The term ‘Deciduous” means “shedding or losing foliage at the end of the growing season”. This means that in autumn, the leaves of deciduous trees will start falling until the tree is bare, and it will remain so until new leaves start to emerge in the spring.
There are many reasons for selecting a deciduous specimen as oposed to an evergreen. The primary one is that if the tree is planted in an area where you wish to have summer shade and winter sun, then the habit that a deciduous tree has of shedding its leaves is perfect. So if you want shade over your outdoor entertaining area to protect you from the harsh summer sun, but in that same area you want the warmth of the winter sun to penetrate, then you must choose a deciduous specimen.
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Another reason is that deciduous trees bring the ‘wow’ factor in the autumn with their exquisite displays of reds, oranges, yellows, ambers and browns. Every garden is enhanced by a display of this autumnal beauty. There is a constantly changing display as the deciduous tree moves through the seasons; there is definition that cannot be attained with an evergreen tree. From the beauty of the fine tracery of bare branches in the winter to the excitement of the new leaf buds apearing in spring, to the full extent of dense greenery in the summer to the stunning colour in the autumn, the seasons are distinctive.
It is important to know to what height and width the tree will grow as it is likely to become a permanent structure in the garden and trees do not take kindly to being pruned. They have different natural shapes: spreading, pyramidal, conical, round, flat toped, columnar etc. and they need to be allowed to maintain their natural shapes.
Tulip Tree. A magnificent specimen tree that is worthy of planting. Strong straight trunk and attractive large, lobed, variegated green and white leaves that turn golden yellow in autumn. The flowers which may take a few years to appear are an unusual green and orange colour. Deciduous.
This outstanding New Zealand cultivar is a very special tree worthy of planting for future generations. Give it room to reach its full potential - you won't be sorry. A tree to laugh and love under on a hot summer's day.
Colour: Green / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 6m
Tulip Tree. A magnificent specimen tree that is worthy of planting. Strong straight trunk and attractive large, lobed, variegated green and yellow leaves that turn deeper yellow in autumn. The flowers which may take a few years to appear are an unusual green and orange colour. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Green / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
Tulip Tree. An attractive tall upright tree that has distinctive lobed leaves. In the spring it flowers with unusual tulip shaped green blooms with orange markings. An excellent paddock tree with mellow yellow autumn foliage. May take some years to flower but worth the wait. Deciduous. Est 10yr.growth.
The Liriodendron is a close relative of the Magnolia and likes the same type of deep acid soil. It is more tolerant of moisture than the Magnolia. A perfect memorial tree to celebrate a birth. Give this tree the space it deserves to reach its full magnificence.
Colour: Orange / Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 6m
Raised in NZ by Vance Hooper this hybrid will flower from a young age. Its growth habit is shrub like but with upright growing branches. The spring flowers are large and a rich deep violet red shade. Dark green foliage. Plant in a wind free spot in acid soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
A magnificent Felix Jury hybrid that will flower well from a young age for those of you who want instant gratification. The flowers are large with lilac-pink exteriors and pale pink interiors and appear in late winter. Happiest in a sheltered spot and acid soil. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3.5m
A NZ bred Magnolia of exceptional quality with large thick textured blooms of white blushed with pink at the base. Starts flowering at approximately 3 years of age. Very vigorous growth habit. Prefers acid soil and a sheltered spot. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Purple / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 3.5m
A NZ hybrid with blooms of immense proportions. Up to 36cm! Simply breath taking when in full bloom. The flowers are pink on the outside and pure white inside. As the blooms are so large it is important to plant in a sheltered position to avoid wind damage. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 4m
Bred in NZ by Os Blumhardt and what a great legacy this beautiful Magnolia is. Simply sumptuous large blooms of rich deep pink will delight your senses in spring. Narrow upright habit. Plant in a wind free spot in acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Bred in the Land of the Long White Cloud 'Billowing Cloud' has distinctive white blooms with just a soft blush of rose pink at the base of the petals. The blooms sit up nicely on the bare branches and have quite a strong fragrance. Plant in a sheltered spot in acid soil. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
An exciting new Magnolia bred in Brixton, Taranaki which is sure to gain world wide attention. Flower buds form after the 1st year of planting and open to large rich pink blooms with a soft inner blush. Breath taking in full bloom and worthy of a place in any garden.Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3.5m